Glasgow & West Scotland

Edward Sutherland, 27, jailed over Glasgow rape bid

A man who admitted trying to rape a woman in Glasgow - one month after being freed early from prison - has been jailed for four years.

Edward Sutherland, 27, carried out the drink and drug-fuelled attack on his 20-year-old victim on 25 October 2012.

During the attack he threatened to kill the woman, pointed a pen at her neck and put his hands around her throat.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Sutherland has 58 previous convictions and is a high risk of re-offending.

The court heard how Sutherland struck up a conversation with his victim as she returned home from buying groceries.

'Just walk away'

The woman told him she should not be talking to him but Sutherland told her to come with him or he would stab her.

The woman saw that he had something in the pocket of his tracksuit trousers but told him to "just walk away you don't want to do this".

Sutherland led the woman into the close of a block of flats where he attempted to rape her.

During the attack, the woman struggled and managed twice to reach the doorbell of a flat.

The first time the male occupant answered, he closed the door after Sutherland told him it was alright as he was just arguing "with my bird".

The second time the man stepped out into the close and saw Sutherland holding the woman against a wall.

She managed to break free and run into the flat before Sutherland fled from the close.

The 27-year-old was arrested days later in the Great Western Road area near the Oran Mor venue.

'Terrifying experience'

Sutherland later admitted assaulting the victim with intent to rape her.

Jailing him, judge Lord Burns told Sutherland: "It plainly was a terrifying experience for that girl, having regard to the nature of your attack on her and the prolonged time over which it took place."

The judge added: "I do accept you were, at the time, heavily under the influence of alcohol and drugs but that can be no excuse."

Lord Burns ordered that Sutherland be placed on the sex offenders' register and put on supervision for a further three years after his release.

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